Dr. Worthen has three main areas of research: stigma, sexualities, and gender and crime. She is also particularly interested in addressing and eliminating LGBTQ negativity and encouraging active dialogues about consent.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. (Under contract, forthcoming in 2018). Understanding LGBTQ Stigma: An Intersectional Examination. New York: Routledge.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2016. Sexual Deviance and Society: A Sociological Examination. London: Routledge.
Worthen, Meredith G. F., Vittorio Lingiardi, and Chiara Caristo. 2017. “The Roles of Politics, Feminism, and Religion in Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals: A Cross-Cultural Study of College Students in the United States, Italy, and Spain.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 14(3):241-258.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2016. “Hetero-cis-normativity and the Gendering of Transphobia.” International Journal of Transgenderism 17(1):31-57.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. and S. Abby Baker. 2016. “Pushing Up on the Glass Ceiling of Female Muscularity: Women’s Bodybuilding as Edgework.” Deviant Behavior 37(5):471-495.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. and Danielle Dirks. 2015. “Gender and Deviance.” Chapter 16: Pp. 277-297 in Handbook of Deviance, edited by Erich Goode. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Press.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “The Cultural Significance of Homophobia on Heterosexual Women’s Gendered Experiences in the United States: A Commentary.” Sex Roles 71:141-151.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “Blaming the Jocks and the Greeks? Identifying the Underlying Constructs of Collegiate Athletes’ and Fraternity/Sorority Members’ Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Journal of College Student Development 55(2):168-195.
Worthen, Meredith, G.F. 2014. “The Interactive Impacts of High School Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) on College Student Attitudes Toward LGBT Individuals: An Investigation of High School Characteristics.” Journal of Homosexuality 61(2): 217-250.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “An Invitation to Use Craigslist Ads to Recruit Respondents for Qualitative Interviews.” Qualitative Research 14(3):371-383.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2013. “An Argument for Separate Analyses of Attitudes toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Men, Bisexual Women, MtF and FtM Transgender Individuals.” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research 68(11/12):703-723.
This manuscript was featured in a special issue of Sex Roles. Warner and Shields (2013) describe the special issue in their introductory piece: “The Intersections of Sexuality, Gender, and Race: Identity Research at the Crossroads.”
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Understanding College Student Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Sociological Focus 45(4):285-305.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Heterosexual College Student Sexual Experiences, Feminist Identity, and Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Journal of LGBT Youth 9(2): 77-113
Worthen, Meredith G. F. (Accepted 8/30/17). ““Gay Equals White?” Racial, Ethnic, and Sexual Identities and Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals Among College Students.” Forthcoming in Journal of Sex Research
Haltom, Trenton and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “Male Ballet Dancers and Heteromasculinity.” Journal of College Student Development 55(8):757-778.
Worthen, Meredith G. F., Susan F. Sharp, and Forrest Rodgers. 2012, “Gay and Lesbian Individuals’ Attitudes toward the Death Penalty: An Exploratory Study of the Roles of Empathic Concern and Political Beliefs.” Criminal Justice Review 37(2): 239-261.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2011. “College Student Experiences with an LGBTQ Ally Training Program: A Mixed Methods Study at a University in the Southern United States.” Journal of LGBT Youth 8(4): 332-377.
Gender and Crime
Jones, Melissa S., Susan F. Sharp, and Meredith G. F. Worthen. (Accepted 8/11/17). “Broken Hearts and Battered Lives: Adverse and Abusive Life Histories and Externalized Responses to Anger as Pathways to Illicit Drug Use Among Incarcerated Women” Forthcoming in Women & Criminal Justice
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2017. “Rape Myth Acceptance among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual College Students.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Button, Deeanna and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2017. “Applying a General Strain Theory Framework to Understand School Weapon Carrying among LGBQ and Heterosexual Youth.” Criminology
Jones, Melissa S., Meredith G. F. Worthen, Susan F. Sharp, and David A. McLeod. 2017. “Bruised Inside Out: The Adverse and Abusive Life Histories of Incarcerated Women as Pathways to PTSD and Illicit Drug Use.” Justice Quarterly
Worthen, Meredith G. F. and Samantha A. Wallace. 2017. “Intersectionality and Perceptions about Sexual Assault Education and Reporting on College Campuses.” Family Relations 66(1):180-196.
Button, Deeanna and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “General Strain Theory for LGBQ and SSB Youth: The Importance of Intersectionality in the Future of Feminist Criminology.” Feminist Criminology, 30th Anniversary of the Division on Women & Crime Special Issue 9(4):270-297.
Worthen, Meredith G. F., Forrest Rodgers and Susan F. Sharp. 2014. “Expanding the Spectrum of Attitudes toward the Death Penalty: How Non-Dichotomous Response Options Affect our Understandings of Death Penalty Attitudes.” Criminal Justice Review 39(2):160-181.
Chapple, Constance, Jamie Vaske, and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “Gender Differences in Associations with Deviant Peer Groups: Examining Individual, Interactional, and Compositional Factors.” Deviant Behavior 35:394-411.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Gender Differences in Delinquent Involvement: An Exploration of the Interactive Effects of Friend Bonding and Friend Delinquency.” Sociological Focus 45(2):103-124
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Gender Differences in Delinquency in Early, Middle and Late Adolescence: An Exploration of Parent and Friend Relationships.” Deviant Behavior 33(4):282-307.
Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2011. “Gender Differences in Parent-Child Bonding: Implications for Understanding the Gender Gap in Delinquency.” Journal of Crime & Justice 34(1):3-23.
Hamilton, Melissa and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2011. “Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 26(8):1559-1578.
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